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Take Advantage of the Mainframe Talent Shortage

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  Mainframe developers, especially those with COBOL skills, may not get as much attention as, say, app developers — except from a number of employers. While the development community has been dazzled by opportunities in online and mobile environments, it seems to have forgotten that mainframes still run huge parts of the largest government agencies, financial institutions and even airlines. A sweeping survey commissioned by Micro Focus in 2009 found that 70 percent of the business and transaction systems around the world run on COBOL, and 90 percent of global financial transactions are processed in COBOL. The language supports over 30 billion transactions per day. The average American still interacts with a COBOL program 13 times a day.   Industry...

How Target Uses Social and Mobile to Hire in IT

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  Target is turning to a social and mobile recruiting campaign to reach as many IT pros as possible.  Now seeking to fill 165 job openings in its IT department, the retailer figures it makes sense to fish for job candidates where they’re biting. “We’re finding that the closer we can get to technology talent using tools like mobile and social, the better the results,” says Nate Swanstrom, vice president of marketing and multichannel for Target Technology Services. Its recruiting campaign relies on banner ads appearing on apps used by 35 media outlets including ABC News, Macworld and Mashable, for example. Last year, the Minneapolis-based retailer increased IT hiring by 44 percent and continues to build out its tech staff...

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